Green with Envy?

Halt(er)! Who Goes there?
Feelin' Fierce in Fuschia

When I first found this dress for one little dollar, I giggled a little.  I mean, it’s soooooo not me!

a purtian maid????

The collar!  the cuffs!  The length!  The ties!  Those cutsie little puffy sleeves! The…horror!

Now…I’m sure some of you out there find the cutsie cuffs/puffs/collar thing to be absolutely adorable.  If you are one of those people, you should probably stop reading about now.

Seriously…because, it’s all about to go buh-bye, y’all.

Xing out those stupid ties!

I will never, never, NEVER condone any garment that has those absurd ties that end in a bow above my butt (I have a distaste for bows in general).

Next, I needed to remove some of that length.  I’m fine with maxi dresses, but this one is 100% polyester, and not too breathable for a scorching SC summer day.

bye excess length!

Next on my amputation list was the lacy collar and sleeve caps.  With the help of my seam ripper, off they came!

doilies in waiting???

I paused for a moment before cutting off the puffy sleeves.  I was hoping just removing the lacy stuff would be enough to save the dress, but sadly, the puffy sleeves were not for me.  I’m just not a puffy kind of gal.


Now, I was left with a bunch of raw edges around the neck and armholes that needed to be pinned in preparation for sewing.

pinned and prepped
whirrrrrrrr! whrrrrrrrrr!!!!

After sewing those down, I hemmed the raw edge of the skirt in much the same manner.  To ensure that your hem’s seam is even, use your sewing gauge to measure the seam allowance before each pin goes in.

Hi! I'm your friendly sewing gauge!

Now my dress was just about done.  I pressed my new hem (always do this!  remember!), but still wasn’t completely pleased.  The top of the dress was a bit too plain.

a little blah

I like nice, clean, simple lines…but I decided to add a bit of detail.  I liked the way the ruching looked at the bustline of this dress, and decided to borrow this design element at the collarbone area of the dress with some hand-ruching of my own.

hot ruching action!

The ruching was EXACTLY what my dress needed.  Now I had a cute dress to wear for brunch that made many a woman green (forgive the pun!) with envy!

brunchtime attire

I paired it with my favorite bronze accessories and a cute vintage straw clutch I snagged for a mere buck whilst scouring for future refashions.

I enjoyed a verrrrry delicious Bananas Foster French Toast and an equally tasty Bloody Mary at Liberty Tap Room where my fella and I were serenaded by a jazz band.  A perfect beginning to a perfect Sunday!

It IS easy being green!

10 thoughts on “Green with Envy?

    1. I had to redo the ruching on this dress several times before I got it right. The more you play with it, the easier it gets. Just make sure you’ve doubled up your thread so the ruching will hold. :)

  1. In the picture showing you using your seam ripper to take off the white collar, the material has a distinct pattern yet in all the other pictures the dress is a solid color….what happened to that patterned material????

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